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‘I’m dead serious’: Virgil van Dijk now says Liverpool have two defenders better than Jamie Carragher
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‘I’m dead serious’: Virgil van Dijk now says Liverpool have two defenders better than Jamie Carragher

Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk has claimed that two of his teammates are better players than Jamie Carragher.

Van Dijk was talking to Gary Nevile on The Overlap about a range of topics.

Liverpool haven’t enjoyed the best start to the season, and currently find themselves mid-table in the Premier League.

They successfully navigated their Champions League group on Wednesday, defeating an impressive Napoli side.

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They also managed to keep a clean sheet against one of Europe’s most exciting attacks.

Jurgen Klopp has once again had to deal with injuries in his defence this season, which seems to be an annual problem.

Full-backs Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson have both spent spells on the side lines this season.

However, it’s two different defenders that Van Dijk believes are better than Jamie Carragher

Two Liverpool defenders better than Carragher – Van Dijk

Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher’s tongue-in-cheek is well established.

However, Van Dijk insisted that two of defenders in the Liverpool squad were better than Carragher.

“No. I’m dead serious about that,” Van Dijk said.

“Do you think he was better than (Ibrahima) Konate and (Joel) Matip? He played many games for Liverpool but I would say the modern-day game, Matip and Konate would be ahead of him.”

Ibrahima Konate finally returned from an injury that’s kept him out for much of the season against Napoli.

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Carragher was impressed with Konate’s return to action, as he replaced Joe Gomez in the starting XI.

Joel Matip has struggled with fitness issues throughout this time at Anfield.

Klopp ruled him out of the tie against Napoli, and offered no update on when he might be available again.

Van Dijk saying both defenders are better than Carragher may be true.

But one thing the retired defender had over both of them was consistency.

What Carragher may have lacked in ability compared to Liverpool’s current defenders, he made up for in availability.

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